What Kind of Cloud are You?
To say a week at Relus Cloud has been a whirlwind would be the understatement of the century. This past month has been nothing but change, from graduating college, moving back to Atlanta, and starting my first “big girl” job. As an overachiever, I expect a lot out of myself and I knew that I couldn’t let all those wonderful people who hired me at Relus Cloud down. What I didn’t realize, though, was quite how much I was going to be learning.
Some could argue (me) that it is in fact a whole new language. My first day, as I went from onboarding meeting to onboarding meeting, I tried to pin down an explanation of what exactly Relus does. I’ve now come to question what doesn’t Relus do (hint: the answer isn’t much). We’ve got cloud computing down to a science. As I floated around the office, I wondered how I was going to learn all these different acronyms being thrown around so effortlessly. Tori Levine, my manager, had my answer: achieve my AWS Business Professional Certification. Multiple people told me that it was no sweat and so I felt confident in my ability to conquer my new task. I mean I know what the cloud is, right?
If no sweat means sitting for multiple hours muttering under my breath explicatives at a computer that couldn’t care less if I understood what it was trying to tell me, then for sure it was no sweat. I’m not going to lie to you and say that I flew through it and that I didn’t spend a good portion of my first few days trying to tell the differences between EC2, S3, or RDS or how those three things don’t even do the same thing (technology wizards please keep your laughing to a minimum). I do not have a technical background and had naively assumed that there wasn’t that much to AWS. However, here I am, one week in and now have my AWS Business Professional Certification.
Why? Besides the fact it is basically a requirement for this job, my real answer is because I wanted to learn. I wanted to be able to truly understand what we do so I could participate in conversations and give sound suggestions while working on a project. I may have not come from much of a technological background, but I am determined to change that. Despite the fact that I am “green”, my similarity to everyone else is that I’m driven to learn as much as I can.
Because I am a creative type, I’m going to put an analogy out there so everyone can understand. I am a cloud. Not a nimbus one or cumulus, but THE cloud. I have the ability to accomplish so many things with the help of all these interconnected services (all of our ReluStars). On my own, I am powerful, but if you invest in me I am a force to be reckoned with.
With everything I've been learning, I'm now able to answer this question posed by one of my new co-workers, which served as the inspiration for this blog. I even get the jokes now, too!